Guinness World Records has officially recognized the PlayStation brand for being the best-selling home console of all time.
In an announcement made on Twitter just now, Sony confirmed that the best-selling honor accounts for all sales made over four generations. That includes the original PlayStation, all the way upto the current PlayStation 4.
Sony has sold over 450 million units worldwide in total — as of November 7, 2019 — across all four generations, a phenomenal feat that has now gone into the history books via Guinness World Records.
We're thrilled to be certified as the best-selling home video game console brand ever, with over 450 million units sold across the original PlayStation, PS2, PS3, and PS4 as of Nov. 7 according to @GWR.
And it's all thanks to you ? pic.twitter.com/maO0TOVqs2
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) December 3, 2019
Looking back, the first iteration of its console family was released back in 1994 by Sony and sold 102.49 million units. PlayStation 2 followed up in 2000 and remains as the best-selling console of all time with over 155 million units sold. The third iteration arrived in 2006 and struggled at the start, mainly due to a bloated price tag. By the end of the generation, Sony confirmed less than 87.4 million units sold. PlayStation 4 changed everything for Sony in 2013, shooting past the first and third iteration to record over 102.8 million units sold to date.
The next-generation successor will launch in the holiday season of 2020. However, Sony will likely keep producing and selling the current-generation iteration for perhaps another couple of years, if not more. That’s not saying the current console will catch up to the monstrous threshold set by PlayStation 2. Moving another 50 million units in the next three years would be impossible since a large portion of the market will be embracing the newer iteration. Still, Sony will be looking to at least rake in another 20 million units at best to conclude a generation that has reaped great success for the company.